Medical College of Georgia in Consortium

Information about Physical Therapist program at Medical College of Georgia in Consortium



Medical College of Georgia in Consortium with Armstrong Atlantic State University and North Georgia College and State University (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 12/01/2006
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
School of Allied Health Sciences
Medical College of Georgia
Augusta, GA 30912-0800
Phone:   (706)721-2141
Fax:   (706)721-3209
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Douglas R Keskula, PT, PhD, ATC
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Special Focus Institutions--Medical schools and medical centers
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor’s degree, May 1973 (no longer offered) Master’s degree, May 1996 (no longer offered) DPT, June 2004
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2009
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
As a public institution dedicated to the discovery, dissemination, and application of scientific knowledge, the Medical College of Georgia values leadership, social responsibility, compassion, diversity, professionalism, and excellence. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is designed to challenge talented and ambitious learners to grow into autonomous health professionals. Emphasis is placed on student centered learning and evidence-based practices. Our primary goal is to prepare reflective individuals who possess the technical proficiency and problem solving capabilities sufficient to enable the safe, efficient and effective practice of physical therapy in a rapidly changing health care environment. The program requires 3 academic years and three summers (9 semesters, 36 months) of full-time study. A new class enters in May of each year. Classes are scheduled in a traditional weekday format at the main campus in Augusta. Graduation occurs in May.
Three clinical experiences are interspersed throughout the curriculum. The first is an 8-week, full-time experience, the second is a 16-week experience, and the third is a 12-week experience. There is also a 4 week specialty elective. Students are required to complete clinical rotations in musculoskeletal, acute care and neurological rehabilitation. The program maintains contracts with over 300 clinical education sites. The Medical College of Georgia is at the core of a thriving academic medical center and has a clearly defined mission to improve health and reduce the burden of illness in society by discovering, disseminating, and applying knowledge of human health and disease. Clinical facilities located on campus include the 478 bed MCG Medical Center, the 154 bed Children's Medical Center, and more than 80 outpatient specialty clinics and centers.
There are 12 full-time and 1 part-time faculty members. Nine have an earned doctoral degree and one is an ABPTS certified clinical specialist in neurological physical therapy. The Medical College of Georgia has a comprehensive biomedical sciences research agenda with signature programs in cancer, infection and inflammation, neurological conditions, and cardiovascular diseases. Physical therapy faculty are involved in research in balance, sports medicine, rehabilitation oncology, neurological rehabilitation, educational delivery systems, prosthetic devices, and heat stress during exercise. In addition, faculty continue to practice in sports medicine, multiple sclerosis and amputee clinics, rehabilitation centers, acute care hospitals, and home health agencies.
The Medical College of Georgia is the state's health sciences university. Over 2,100 students are enrolled in the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Allied Health Sciences, and Graduate Studies. A maximum of 36 students are admitted to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program each May.
The physical therapy program has a rolling admissions process that begins August 1 and ends December 15. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in a field other than physical therapy. The minimum grade point average (GPA) required for admission is 2.8 overall or 3.4 for the last 40 semester hours. The cumulative GPA for the current classes is 3.4 (4 point scale). A combined (verbal and quantitative) GRE score of 1000 and minimum score of 400 on each section is required for full admission. However, applicants who achieve a combined GRE Score 900-1000 will be considered for provisional admission. Students must earn a C or higher in all prerequisite courses. Prerequisites include 1 year of physics (w/lab); 1 year of anatomy and physiology (w/lab), 1 year of chemistry (w/lab); one course in Biology with lab; and one course in statistics. Knowledge of human behavior from an individual and societal perspective is requires, as evidenced by completing at least two courses in the social sciences. We strongly recommend abnormal psychology, human growth and development, and developmental psychology. In addition, applicants must complete a minimum of 100 volunteer hours in a variety of clinical facilities with at least 20 hours in an acute care/general hospital in-patient setting.
95% of admitted students graduate (3-year average). 80% of program graduates pass the licensure exam on the first attempt (3 year average).
Tuition at MCG is $2,293 per semester for in-state students and $9,169 for out-of-state students (2006-2007 figures). In addition, a mandatory fee of $322.50 (less for summer semesters) is charged to all students. Books average $500 per semester, though the semesters differ significantly. Costs for clinical education, including room and board and travel, are estimated at $100 per week for a total of $3,600 for the three years of the program. Approximately 85 percent of the student body receives financial aid.
Recognized internationally as the home of the Masters golf tournament, Augusta provides equal access to cultural Atlanta, historic Charleston, scenic mountains, and the Atlantic coastline. Many cultural and recreational activities are available locally making Augusta a very enjoyable place to live.